Thursday, February 28, 2019

Carolina League Prospects Introduction

My name is Michael Schneider.  I have been a baseball fan all my life.  I grew up spoiled with the Orioles of the seventies and early eighties always winning and I have gone through some rough times as an Orioles fan since then.

I have played fantasy baseball since 1986.  Recently I have been involved in deep dynasty leagues.  Increasingly I find myself more interested in finding prospects in the lower minors than the players on my major league roster.

I live in Frederick, Maryland home of the Keys, the Orioles High A Affiliate in the Carolina League.  A prospect website advertised that they were looking for writers to cover areas where they do not currently have writers.  I applied to cover the Carolina League and never heard back from them. I decided  to go ahead and do this on my own.

My focus will be on the prospects.  How these prospects are currently performing and my impressions of their future possibilities at the major league level. The career minor leaguer will not be the focus.

High A is an interesting level in the minor league chain.  It is an in between, where players have graduated from the lower levels and above High A is the advanced leagues where players can be on the cusp of the majors.

Juan Soto played a couple weeks in the Carolina league in 2018 for the Potomac Nationals during his meteoric rise to the majors.     

Yoan Moncada, who was the top prospect in baseball at the time, played a couple months in the Carolina League in 2016 for the Salem Red Sox .

The number two prospect in baseball in 2019, Eloy Jimenez, was in The Carolina League in 2017 first as a Myrtle Beach Pelican and after being traded from the Cubs organization to the White Sox,  on the Winston Salem Dash.

For Soto, Moncada and Jimenez the Carolina League did not present much of a challenge in their rise up the minor league ladder.  However, it was a different story for Rafael Devers.  Devers was 17 on's top prospect list entering the 2016 season when he was assigned to the Salem Red Sox as a nineteen year old.  Devers hit .138 in April and his average was under .200 through May.  Devers got better as the season went on and was one of the best players in the Carolina League by the end of the year.  Devers made his major league debut the following July.

Other current major league stars that played in the Carolina League include Manny Machado, Mookie Betts, Francisco Lindor, Andrew Benintendi, Freddie Freeman and Anthony Rizzo.

I have a basic plan for this website.  However, like any new project it may change as I find what works best.   Initially I will write team previews based on prospects that I anticipate will be in the Carolina League in 2019. Once the season starts I will attend games and write up my observations.  There will be a list of prospects that we will follow and hope to provide daily updates.

I am excited for the season to start!

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